We went to Shella with some friends very last minute we moved hotels 3 times and finally stumbled across this gem. It was fairly quiet and we managed to get the top room for what we thought was a bargain price of 4500 a night, I think Ive got that right, what ever works out at about 40 pounds. The hotel is new and has really friendly staff and a swimming pool which was a bonus as we found the beach very windy, If you;re in to wind surfing I would think Shella would be a top spot. The top room has an amazing terrace with a hanging day bed, table and chairs etc basically everything you need, it is really nice decorated with potted palms etc. The room is big a spacious with a massive bed and a clean bathroom. The food at the hotel was also good although was slightly up and down but compared to everywhere else we ate was a fairly safe bet. We also ate the Palace hotel in Lamu town which was good and you can take your own wine, the crab was particularly good. It is very hard to get alcohol in Shella as it is a Muslim island, there is an off license seemingly run by the police half way between Shella and Lamu town. Get a local to take you and you can stock up on everything you need and just keep in the fridge on your terrace. There is a local guy called Yusuf who is a Mr fixit and can sort most things out for you. There is also a really cool shop selling cool beach stuff and clothes. You can get real Havana flip flops for 7 pounds and it has really cool big beach towel type things as well as loads of other stuff, well worth a visit. Not sure exactly where it is in Shella but it is only a small place. Our friends ended up moving into this hotel and staying in another nice room but agin if you get the top one on the 3rd floor pull out all the stops as we thought it was amazing.
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- Msafini hotel situated in shella village of Lamu island of kenya, located just 2 mints far from the sea shore of indian ocean. ... more less
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